The Phantom Tag
Game: 1999 ALCS, Game 4
Match-up: New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox
We're pretty sure Chuck Knoblauch wasn't expecting to get the call when he dispassionately waved his glove at Jose Offerman before throwing to the force at first. Much to his surprise—and to the stadium full of Red Sox fans—the second base umpire indicated a double play, killing the Bo Sox rally in the ninth inning. Instead of Nomar Garciaparra coming to the plate with a runner in scoring position, the inning and rally were brought to an arbitrary halt. The Yankees would go on to win the game, series, and their 25th World Series title. Yet another reason to hate the Evil Empire.